For those touring or staying in Haifa, the Carmelit Underground Train is a handy and fun way to go from the Downtown Haifa area to the Carmel Center. Cut through the rock of Mount Carmel, the Carmelit (as it is called locally) provides easy transportation up the mountain with numerous stops at key locations. Starting from the bottom, at Paris Square in the Downtown area, the train climbs 900 feet with key stops that are close to museums, shops and a hospital until it reaches Gan Ha’Em, the final stop. From end-to-end the ride lasts just 8 minutes.
Built in the late 1950s and opened in 1959 the Carmelit is one of the shortest subways in the world and the only subway in Israel. In 1992 it was reopened after extensive renovations including new rail cars. Today it is cheery looking with murals decorating the walls at every stop.
Stops on the Carmelit:
- Paris Square / Downtown
- Solel Boneh
- Bnei Tzion
- Gan Ha’Em / Carmel Center
Carmelit operating hours:
Sun – Thurs: 6am-10pm
Fri and Holiday eve: 6am-3pm
The train is closed on Saturday and Holidays.
Adult: NIS 6.60
Child and Seniors: NIS 3.30
Adult Round-trip: NIS 13.20
Child and Seniors Round-trip: NIS 6.60
Adult Day Pass: NIS 15
Child and Seniors Day Pass: NIS 7.50
Fares correct as of early 2012.
Address: 122 HaNassi Ave, Haifa
Phone: 04-837-6861 / 04-837-2231
Website (Hebrew only): http://www.carmelit.com
By: Shem Tov Sasson. A Contributing Journalist for Tourist Israel, Shem Tov lives in the small Israeli city of Ma’alot. His personal blog about his experiences and adventures in the Holy Land can be found at Israel’s Good Name.